Australian Football League Live Collingwood Magpies vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Week 01 match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 24 March 2017 online, 19.50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs feature in what should be a Round 1 classic at the MCG on Friday night March 24 as the AFL season swings into action.
The Western Bulldogs return to the scene of last year’s memorable triumph and have been posted as $1.47 favourites with CrownBet to open up their accounts with a win.
Luke Beveridge’s side took some time to get going in the recent JLT Community Series, losing their first two game before a come from behind effort against Gold Coast in the final round, winning that hitout by 21 points.
Collingwood won two of their three games and scored the most points of any side in the series, but also conceded more than any other team. There are plenty of question marks over their defensive stocks at the moment with Nathan Brown, Jack Frost and Jonathan Marsh amongst the departures at the end of last year.
Lynden Dunn and the injury-prone Ben Reid look set to play in the key defensive posts against the Dogs on Friday night, with Dunn a chance to lineup against former Magpie Travis Cloke.
The likely appearance of Cloke will be one of the talking points of the night. The former Collingwood premiership player floundered as a Magpie in the last couple of years before finding a new home at the kennel. Cloke will work in tandem with Tom Boyd, who was one of the stars in the 2016 Grand Final.
Expect the Bulldogs to continue their high possession game and slick ball movement again this year. The handball-happy outfit were rewarded for their dash and dare last season and while there has been some talk of a possible hangover, we can look forward to them lightning up the ‘G’ on Friday night.
With Marcus Bontempelli, Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Liberatore and Lachie Hunter in the lineup they should have way too many guns for the Scott Pendlebury skippered Magpies.
B: Jeremy Howe, Henry Schade, Jackson Ramsay
HB: Josh Smith, Ben Reid, Brayden Maynard
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp
HF: Jarryd Blair, Jesse White, Travis Varcoe
F: Alex Fasolo, Darcy Moore, Mason Cox
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams
Int: Tyson Goldsack, James Aish, Tom Phillips, Will Hoskin-Elliott
Emg: Lynden Dunn, Chris Mayne, Tim Broomhead
B D.Morris, F.Roberts, J.Johannisen
HB S.Biggs, E.Wood, R.Murphy
C L.Hunter, L.Dahlhaus, M.Boyd
HF T.Liberatore, Z.Cordy, J.Stringer
F T.McLean, T.Cloke, L.Picken
Foll T.Boyd, M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae
Inter M.Suckling, S.Crameri, C.Daniel, L.Jong
Emerg: T.Campbell, C.Smith, J.Dunkley